published Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Two UT students arrested for harassment in hazing case

KNOXVILLE — Two students at the University of Tennessee have been arrested on charges of harassing a fellow student who reported hazing at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports David Baird of Hendersonville was booked into the Knox County jail on Thursday. Kelby Cowan of Brentwood was arrested Tuesday. Both were released Thursday on a $2,000 bond each.

Baird and Cowan are accused on sending threatening, profanity-laced text messages to Andrew Preston, according to an arrest warrant. Neither Cowan nor Baird had a listed phone number.

The messages were sent Nov. 23, a day after the hazing was reported to police.

Last week, Pi Kappa Phi's national organization said it would close the UT chapter, which already was on disciplinary probation after a spring hazing incident.

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